International grantmaking during COVID: a focus on equitable access to education in Latin America

August 12, 2020

It’s safe to say that no person or organization is having the 2020 they expected. At the Tinker Foundation, the pandemic has caused us to shift course significantly as Latin America, the region central to our mission, struggles with a... Read more

Nonprofits: it’s time to redefine your corporate relationships

August 11, 2020

Nonprofits are looking at one of the best opportunities in decades to redefine their corporate partnerships for the betterment of their constituents. The public's expectations with respect to the role business should play in addressing social inequities has shifted dramatically... Read more

[Review] The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America

August 06, 2020

Despite the frequently repeated claim that higher education in the United States is a meritocractic system, college is not the great equalizer it’s touted to be. Indeed, long-standing inequities in the United States are often reflected in and perpetuated by... Read more

Report or vote? Young BIPOC journalists can (and should) do both

August 04, 2020

Years ago, when I was a reporter for a well-known daily, a colleague of mine noticed my "I Voted" sticker. "You vote?" she asked, adding that she had not voted since starting her journalism career. "Aren't you afraid that if... Read more

Washington mascot change is a reminder why you should learn about Native communities

July 31, 2020

Recently, the NFL team in Washington announced that it is retiring the R*dsk*ns name and logo. We are encouraged by the announcement and remain cautiously optimistic as we wait for the the franchise to select a new permanent name and... Read more

Women and the changing face of philanthropy

July 29, 2020

As the current global public health crisis galvanizes people to give, women are well-positioned to accelerate changes in the philanthropic landscape that are already in motion. According to Giving USA's recently published Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2019, charitable... Read more

Students still need emergency aid. Funders must step up to fill the gap.

July 24, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, colleges, nonprofits, government, and philanthropy moved quickly to disburse emergency aid to students, many of whom found themselves without reliable access to food, housing, and technology after their campuses were forced to close. And... Read more

Addressing domestic violence by preventing homelessness

July 22, 2020

Over the last four months, we've witnessed the dangerous coalescing of domestic violence and homelessness — both of which were problems before the pandemic but have become more urgent since the arrival of the virus. Elevated stress levels have led... Read more

What grantees need most — a partner

July 21, 2020

For better or worse; for richer, for poorer; through sickness and health. You may not associate this vow with your typical funder — unless you've had the good fortune to partner with New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI). Among the many... Read more

Pay transparency: what it means for job seekers and employer

July 20, 2020

There's a growing push for pay transparency in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. For those unfamiliar with the concept, pay transparency includes both radical openness about compensation ranges within a company as well as publicly posting compensation ranges in... Read more

Calling all science funders: biomedical research needs a lifeline

July 16, 2020

When research institutions and universities were forced to shut down in March, clinical trials, therapeutic development, and discovery science ground to a halt. While researchers are slowly returning to their labs and restarting their experiments, the scientific world is contending... Read more

Participatory design approaches to impact investing

July 15, 2020

Across the social sector, impact investors are assessing the grave threats posed by COVID-19 — both the existential risk to the global economy and to the companies and funds in which we have invested. More than anything, we are aware... Read more

How to work effectively with an outside consultant

July 13, 2020

As your nonprofit adapts to new realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic, strategic guidance from expert consultants can provide invaluable insights for refining your strategy planning, revamping your brand, or rethinking your fundraising strategy. There are a few considerations to... Read more

A 'Just and Resilient Recovery' framework for international donors and financial institutions

July 09, 2020

Even as some of the most severe COVID-19 outbreaks subside, the pandemic continues to spread around the world, with 11.5 million cases confirmed and more than five hundred thousand deaths as we write. Roughly two-thirds of all new confirmed cases... Read more

60 percent of teens are not thriving: it's time to prioritize teen mental health and well-being

July 02, 2020

Of the 25.1 million teens in the United States between the ages of 13 and 18, 60 percent report languishing or only feeling moderately mentally well. That's fifteen million teens who are not flourishing psychologically, socially, or emotionally. Indeed, the... Read more

Leading in solidarity to reshape the nonprofit ecosystem

July 01, 2020

We are five women of color leading five organizations deeply embedded in the nonprofit ecosystem of Detroit and southeast Michigan. We have five missions, five work styles, and five voices. With mutual intentions and hearts, we have decided to work... Read more

Uplifting the LGBTQ+ community in the nonprofit sector

June 30, 2020

The LGBTQ+ community has had a lot to celebrate during Pride Month. On June 15, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from job discrimination on... Read more

Young Americans, racial equity, and the pandemic

June 29, 2020

Recent events have galvanized tens of thousands of young Americans of all races into becoming active and vocal supporters of Black Lives Matter — a vigorous, positive, can’t-be-ignored movement rooted in the efforts of countless others who have worked hard... Read more

5 Questions for...EunSook Lee, Director, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund

June 25, 2020

Launched in 2014 with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Ford Foundation, and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund works to foster a culture of civic participation among Asian... Read more

Silence in the social sector

June 24, 2020

The recent string of police killings came on the heels of a coronavirus pandemic. Now the training wheels are off and the world is responding to a bigger pandemic: racism. Statements of solidarity are flooding inboxes — including some surprisingly... Read more

Sharing power, getting results: engaging community in foundation decision-making

June 22, 2020

We are living in a singular moment, one with little precedent. A global pandemic followed by an economic recession followed by nationwide protests against police misconduct and systemic racism — all of it occurring in the span of a few... Read more

We need more than COVID charity; it’s time for systems change

June 16, 2020

Too many people in our home state of North Carolina are struggling to survive as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on their health, financial stability, schools, and communities. As the pandemic rages on, we also see thousands of residents protesting George Floyd’s... Read more

Foundations step up funding for COVID-19 response efforts (May 16-June 15, 2020)

June 14, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt life in the United States and around the globe, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants... Read more

"I Am Tired...The Pandemic of Racism Must End"

June 08, 2020

Over the past week, civil unrest has gripped the nation. Much of it was sparked by the unwarranted and senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer who held his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for almost... Read more

A good RFP attracts better partners for your project

June 05, 2020

When thinking about what your organization should do to adjust to the "new normal," you may need a partner who can help you reimagine your mission and vision and develop a strategy. The partner may be a branding agency, a... Read more

The power of diverse boards: an argument for change

June 04, 2020

We have a lot of work to do. Most of us have known this for some time, but the events of the last few weeks highlight just how much work remains to be done. The fight for diversity, equity, and... Read more

Maintaining a consistent fundraising stream: lessons learned from COVID-19

June 01, 2020

Over the last few months, the staff at Valleywise Health Foundation has witnessed astounding levels of empathy and generosity directed toward healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maricopa County. Many nonprofits and public charities are hurting... Read more

Building the Expertise of the Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders Through Competitive Evaluation

May 29, 2020

In philanthropy, more often than not, those seeking funding are engaged in a competition — even when the process is not explicitly categorized that way. A well-designed, well-run philanthropic competition creates value for all parties, from the clear benefit of... Read more

Uniting to Protect and Empower Women Is Everyone's Responsibility

May 28, 2020

Imagine cowering in fear from the person you once trusted more than any other. This is the reality for the one in three women globally who will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. In the United States,... Read more

The Forgotten Sector?

May 27, 2020

All nonprofit organizations, large or small, have one thing in common — they exist to provide a public benefit. Although smaller nonprofits, defined provisionally as having five hundred employees or fewer, have been able to take advantage of government lending... Read more

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  • "[L]et me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance...."


    — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States

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